Cowal Way

with Isle of Bute

Printed book £12.99

Michael Kaufmann and James McLuckie

The Cowal Way runs for 57 miles (92 km) across the Cowal peninsula, which lies west of Glasgow and has ferry links with the Isle of Bute. The route starts at Portavadie on Loch Fyne and ends at Inveruglas on Loch Lomond. There are ferry links also to the Kintyre Way and to the West Highland Way, and thence to the Great Glen Way. It's the missing link that enables Scotland's ultimate long-distance walk, from the Mull of Kintyre all the way to Inverness.

A project funded by the Coastal Communities Fund has created many footpath improvements, both major and minor, over the period 2015-2016. The whole route has also been waymarked afresh, and new interpretation materials installed. This page describes our second edition, released in April 2016.

The trail is waymarked and undulating, with rugged terrain and glorious views over Bute and the Firth of Clyde. The area is rich in history and heritage, with wildlife sightings including red squirrel, red deer and golden eagle.

This essential guidebook contains all you need to plan and enjoy your holiday on Cowal and Bute:

  • detailed route description for the Way walked south-west to north-east
  • summaries showing distance, terrain and refreshment stops
  • 8 pages of detailed mapping with the route highlighted (1:50,000)
  • map, tourist attractions and walks on the historic Isle of Bute
  • background on Cowal’s heritage and wildlife
  • hill-walks, including the famous "Cobbler"
  • planning information for travel by car, ferry, bus and plane
  • in full colour, with over 80 photographs
  • rainproof paper throughout.

For more, please use the buttons at far right: click to Look inside the book, view a Gallery or read its Reviews. View its Route map, visit our Cowal Way forum or follow our Cowal Way links to other websites.

Click for details of Cowal Way walking holiday providers. For more general links, including bodies that care for castles, churches and ancient monuments, visit Outdoors in Scotland.

Cowal Way: with Isle of Bute cover

Book data

  • Cowal Way: with Isle of Bute
  • Michael Kaufmann and James McLuckie
  • 15 April 2016
  • UK price £12.99
  • 72pp
  • 145x220 mm
  • ISBN: 978-1-898481-74-4

Companion maps

Our guidebooks include small-scale maps as a dropdown flap. On some itineraries a good map may be vital for safety, and some walkers prefer always to carry detailed maps. Here is our list of recommended maps:

View companion maps »

Look inside

“A lavishly illustrated guidebook which includes a route map plus practical information for the walker”

Scots Magazine, July 2009, p.8

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